Improving lives for people with a Learning disability

(Last Updated On: June 14, 2018)


Healthwatch Torbay is working in partnership with the Learning Disability Sustainability and Transformation Partnership to undertake a new independent survey.

Together they’re going to be reviewing and refreshing ‘Living Well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2014 – 17’, the Devon-wide Learning Disability Commissioning Strategy.

The aim is to find out what has worked well and, crucially, areas that could be improved. As they want to ensure that the revised strategy is in tune with people’s vision for their future, they want people with lived experience as well as carers and providers to have their say in shaping and improving the ‘Living Well with a Learning Disability Strategy’ over the next three years.

As Healthwatch Torbay have been working in the community for some time to develop their engagement work, many organisations supporting people with learning disabilities and their families have already offered their support to speak with individuals to hear about their experiences and to gather their and comments and ideas.

Now people can feedback to Healthwatch Torbay by completing an online survey, by speaking to them directly at their office in Paignton’s Library and Information Centre (Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 12pm), or by using the Freephone number 08000 520 029 where someone will help them complete the questionnaire over the phone.

All responses will be anonymous, while all the information provided will be used in a report end when all the feedback has been gathered and shared with commissioners.

Completing the Survey

Carers who’d like to access the Learning Disability Carers’ Survey can visit:

People with a learning disability who’d like to complete the Learning Disability Lived Experience Easy Read Survey can find it at :

Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!